Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a crystal clear amber color with a large fizzy off-white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of pumpkin spice, pumpkin and a malty finish. The taste is slightly tart pumpkins, a significant dose of spice and a mild hop finish. Medium bodied, well balanced.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: ambers and oranges – polished and bright with a touch of darkness in the middle. A coppery pithy head fades sticky, leaving a swath of lace in its wake and a thin layer capping the brew below. Swirls with nothing extra.
Nose: allspice and cinnamon hit first followed by tons of pumpkin chunks. Pumpkin pie crust golden brown in the back. Cinnamon apples.
Palate: medium weight, full and chewy. Nice pumpkin chunks and pulp in the finish feel more like swallowing pumpkin than pumpkin beer. Spice swaddles the edges with cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Fresh cinnamon sticks underneath. Pumpkin is the glue that holds it all together.
Final Thoughts: hands down the best beer I have had from Blue Point yet. That isn’t to say the standard line-up of beers from Blue Point aren’t good; they are great every day session beers but in looking for something standout-ish…not so much. I loved the fresh pumpkin quality of this particular fall seasonal. The spices were there to help while gobs of fresh munchable drinkable pumpkin tempted and I succumbed.
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber pour with fading sudsy offwhite head. Nose starts very nicely with a good blend of pumpkin spices. Unfortunately the flavor just doesn’t go the extra mile. Nothing wrong, just kinda normal without any wow factor. Honestly, better than I expected, but on the whole just another slightly average pumpkin beer.
deanso (5029) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at a Scottish bar in NYC close to Times SQ.
Thin white head. Slightly hazy amber pour. Some spiciness
LIVEFAST (62) - Mount Misery, Valley Forge, - NOV 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampler @ Capone’s, firkin. Orange/light brown with no real head to talk about. Nose is mostly spices(nutmeg, cinnamon) with a bit of pumpkin. Firkin tames the pumpkin in the taste, but leaves a very prominent spice character. Drinkability is good, but a bit to spicy for my liking.
cheap (3943) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
from a screw top 12 oz bottle. drank directly from the bottle so i am assuming it is the color of any other punky beer. smells a little like pumpkin, just barely, of course wit spices. yes, a little bitter and medicinal like man punky beers, probably a style that rates up there with ipa as far as i am concerned. yes a beer but polluted with pumpkin and spices, like so many other punk beers. ok for t his type but not really anything special. i wish these punk beers tasted more like pumpkin pie. you know, so many breweries feel they have to fill that profitable pumpkin niche, i just wish they would focus on making good beer, not popular beer. overall, about average for the pumpkin style, on the finish there are no real negative ale attributes.
Beershine (5201) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Cervesas. Spicy orange hue, nice head. Sweet (underscore) cookie aroma, carrying over into the palate, which is also very soft. Lots of roasted caramelized pumpkin. Spice is barely there. Is overall mild, bready, and thin.
Palidor19 (2919) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
not too much, slightly malty with a slightly hint of pumpkin and some spices. the taste is thin but it has a decent standard. it has many faults.
nick76 (4170) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is a tiny bit metallic but it does have pumpkin and spices as well as a bit of caramel malt. The appearance is orange amber with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is a bit thin but OK. Overall a pretty average example of a pumpkin beer.
daknole (8863) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burnt orange pour. Small head. Spices, fruitcake, cookie aroma. Sweet and malty, pumpkin pie. Not bad.